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  1. 1. … One Child at a Time! Making a Difference …
  2. 2. Go Girls Mentoring (GG) <ul><li>Healthy Minds! Healthy Bodies </li></ul><ul><li>8-10 girls ages 11-14 are mentored by 2 female volunteers ages18-25 </li></ul><ul><li>Meet two hours a week for 7 sessions over a 7-10 week period on school property </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages physical activity, balanced eating and positive self-image </li></ul>
  3. 3. Go Girls Program History <ul><ul><li>Program created by OPHEA in 2001 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trillium provided funding for 3 years and the program was piloted with several municipal recreation programs in addition to BBBS agencies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BBBSC purchased program in 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2007 Peel piloted first Go Girls program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently piloting a similar program for Boys </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Program Overview <ul><li>Work with both school boards </li></ul><ul><li>Currently 223 children registered in 29 schools across Peel Region </li></ul><ul><li>BBBSP coordinates and manages volunteer recruitment, screening, matching and monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>School Boards identify children </li></ul><ul><li>Caseworkers provide volunteer support </li></ul>
  5. 5. Program Objectives <ul><li>To enhance competence, confidence and self esteem of girls and young women </li></ul><ul><li>To support participants in choosing to maintain a healthy active lifestyle </li></ul><ul><li>To provide participants the tools and information they need to make positive decisions and maintain a healthy lifestyle </li></ul><ul><li>To build leadership and life skills of volunteer mentors and students </li></ul>
  6. 6. Program Curriculum <ul><li>Each session structured around three themes of active living, balanced eating and feeling good about oneself. Girls write in weekly journals. </li></ul><ul><li>Week 1: Setting the Scene </li></ul><ul><li>Week 2: Developing Positive Group Dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Week 3: Understanding influences on Girls </li></ul><ul><li>Week 4: Towards a New Me </li></ul><ul><li>Week 5: Taking Control </li></ul><ul><li>Week 6: Setting Goals and Making Decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Week 7: Celebrating our Successes </li></ul>
  7. 7. Volunteering – Getting Started <ul><li>Volunteers must be 18-25 years old to mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Complete following forms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Program Application - different from Development application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Police Check </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confidentiality Agreement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit references by employer, family and character </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In person interview takes place that lasts approximately 1.5 hours </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk about personal history, matching process and next steps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Process typically takes up to 2 months but dependant on Police Check </li></ul>
  8. 8. Volunteering – Training <ul><ul><li>Volunteers receive Child Safety & Go Girls training ( full-day Saturday ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go Girls Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce mentors to curriculum, activities and group dynamics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide guidance on how to handle challenging situations and how to adapt the program to the girls rather than forcing the girls to fit the program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training is co-facilitated with past Go Girls mentors who share past experiences </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Participant Recruitment <ul><li>Group Development critical to the program </li></ul><ul><li>Girls in Grades 7 & 8 of pre-selected schools watch DVD </li></ul><ul><li>Caseworker talks about the program </li></ul><ul><li>Girls identified through </li></ul><ul><ul><li>self selection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recommendations from guidance counselors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Try to balance the group </li></ul>
  10. 10. Go Girls Testimonial <ul><li>The girls all seem to have benefited from the program. I noticed two girls in particular made profound changes. </li></ul><ul><li>One girl was a bit of a bully in the beginning and tended to be a bit intolerant of the other girls. However by the end I could see a definite improvement in her interpersonal skills and the way she treated others. I also think she gained a better understanding of herself. </li></ul><ul><li>Another girl was painfully shy and I am happy to report that she has completely blossomed, has established new relationships and learned to speak up! </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul>
  11. 11. Testimonials from Girls <ul><li>“ I did enjoy my time at Go Girls because it helps me express my feelings.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I learned to like myself no matter what anybody says. This program taught me things that I will carry for a long time.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ If I ever get the chance to be a mentor I totally would because it made an impact on me. I want to help people think different in a good way.” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Program Costs and Structure <ul><li>Program costs approximately $127,900 </li></ul><ul><li>Expenses include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Salary for one part-time caseworker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer screening & training costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Occupancy Costs - Office Space, Computer Equipment, Program Marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program Supplies and Materials </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Program Needs - Volunteers <ul><li>High turnover of volunteers because of life changes happening with age group </li></ul><ul><li>Currently recruiting from post-secondary schools (UTM, Sheridan and Humber) </li></ul><ul><li>Employers who employ youth aged 18-15 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Program Needs – In-Kind <ul><li>Healthy Snacks – grocery cards </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor Manuals - $100 each </li></ul><ul><li>Girls Journals - $10 each </li></ul><ul><li>Stereo System for each location </li></ul><ul><li>Treasure Chests – arts & crafts, skipping ropes, rubber chickens, yoga mats, sports bag </li></ul>
  15. 15. How you Can Help <ul><li>Do you know a young female age 18-24 who would like to be a mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know a company that may be able to donate items for the activity box or snacks </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know a company that would like to sponsor a group </li></ul>